Sheriff's office raids Kit Carson Road residence for second time this year

Firearm recovered from 2017 Taos gun store burglary


Updated May 12 at 9:45 p.m.

The Taos County Sheriff's Office executed a second search warrant this year at 123 Kit Carson Road on Wednesday (April 11) and arrested Qlarita Roybal, Roxanne Sanchez and Hilario Soria for drug possession and other charges.

A sheriff's detective had received information on Wednesday that Roybal was hiding at the residence and dealing narcotics from its location. With support from Taos Police Department, deputies entered the home just before 1 p.m. Wednesday and arrested Roybal, Sanchez and Soria. They also recovered 30 grams of methamphetamine, "some heroin, suspected cocaine and a firearm," according to a press release from Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

Soria was initially charged with possession of a controlled substance, trafficking controlled substances and harboring or aiding a felon. But in an update Thursday night, Hogrefe stated that a second search warrant executed on Thursday (April 12) led to the discovery of other narcotics and firearms.

During the initial search, Hogrefe said Undersheriff Steve Miera had inspected the exterior of a 2014 Nissan Altima parked in the driveway of the residence. Miera had noted what appeared to be a plastic container filled with drugs and a gun holster.

With the second search warrant in hand, the sheriff's office searched the interior of the vehicle on Thursday and located several grams of methamphetamine inside the container. The search also yielded scales, packaging materials and a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun.

Hogrefe said the weapon has been identified as one of many taken during a burglary at SMD Zombie Tactical gun shop in Taos last year. Although Taos Police Officers recovered many of the weapons following the burglary, then interim Taos Police Chief David Maggio had said that some still remained missing. Hogrefe said Thursday's search checked the final missing weapon off the list.

"A search of records found the handgun was one that had been reported stolen from Zombie Tactical back in May 2017 and the last remaining  handgun to be accounted for," Hogrefe said Thursday night. "Pursuant to the new finding Hilario Soria now faces additional felony charges of possession with intent to traffic methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm."

Soria now faces additional charges: possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a stolen firearm, according to Thursday's press release.

During a search of the same residence in January, deputies with the sheriff's special response team arrested Sanchez after serving a no-knock search warrant. At that time, Sanchez was charged with harboring or aiding a felon and possession of a controlled substance. She was released from detention on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond that same month. Following Tuesday's arrest, Sanchez picked up a new case for harboring or aiding a felon, possession and trafficking a controlled substance.

According to court records, Roybal had been wanted on two pending Taos Magistrate Court cases - one for traffic citations and another for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and child abuse.